A number of years ago several things happened in my life which became a major shift in the way that I work.
First, I had decided to create a painting a week for 52 weeks in order to push my painting practice and to challenge myself creatively. It was hard, I wanted to give up many times, but I had been sharing my weekly progress online and received so much encouragement to continue on...I'm so glad I did.
Second, when I was looking for an idea for my second year, my youngest daughter suggested painting portraits as I hadn't since college many, many years ago. Again, I hesitated, but I'm so glad I finally said 'yes.'
Third, several years ago I developed adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) in both my shoulders. Even with several years of medical treatment and physiotherapy I was unable to continue to paint on the large canvases that I loved. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as I have loved every minute of painting portraits of women. Each little piece comes together to create something larger than I could ever have anticipated.
Finally, I absolutely love collaboration and bringing attention to the challenges and successes of women. This has become my life's work.